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R&R Podcast: Episode 28 — Basketball Edition

November 22, 2011

We had a fun time on tonight's show…and not just because State stormed back from a tremendous deficit to beat Texas in the Ticket City Legends Classic.

Ernie Myers joined us to do some as-it-happens commentary of the game as we watched it unfold in the first half. Sadly, the first half was more about digging the hole than climbing out of it, so most of what was said was focused on what needs improving. Nevertheless, it's a fun and unique way to take in this great win from the Pack.

If you have access to ESPN3, pull up the game and head to the under-12:00 timeout in the first half. That's where we pick up the action.

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  1. November 22, 2011 5:44 am

    A hell of a comeback. I know it was mostly due to Texas’s leading scorer fouling out but for these kids to stay with it and not throw in the towel when they were down by so much… showed heart and maturity.

    I thought that playing Wood was a gamble. We definitely needed his outside shooting, however, he would be hobbled on D and it could have led to a more serious injury.

    I look at the stat sheet and Calvin has taken zero 3 pointers. Last season he would jack them up whenever he felt like it. And he felt like it a lot. As long as, coach can keep Calvin playing to his strengths we will have a good season.

    One big difference from this team to past teams (and this goes back to the Sendek era) is that this team does not appear to play down to the competition. So many times in the past State has inexplicably played down to the level of competition. I remember many years ago a game in particular (believe it was UNCG or UNCA) where we played horrible the entire game and only escaped defeat at the buzzer by a very miraculous shot by Anthony Grundy.

    Ernie Myers doesn’t seem to be that high on Lorenzo Brown as a PG but I think he’s going to make a great PG. Zo will have some turnovers and he will make some questionable decisions but that’s to be expected from a new PG. He will learn the new role as the season progresses. I can’t even remember the last time we had a PG that was as athletic and skilled with the ball?

    We have really improved in key areas under coach Gottfried:

    overall hustle
    rebounding
    fast breaks
    unselfishness
    entry passes into the post

    However, I still see some glaring weaknesses:

    defensive effort (still playing D in spurts)
    outside shooting very poor as a team
    post moves by our bigs lacking
    finishing around the basket (particularly Howell)

  2. PeeDub permalink
    November 22, 2011 12:24 pm

    Too bad you guys stopped before the comeback! (Or I assume you must have because of the time of the broadcast.)

    I also think our poise is much improved.  Even though we were struggling, it never seemed like we were mentally or emotionally overwhelmed.  We just kept executing our game plan and trying to get better at stopping theirs.

    • Anonymous permalink*
      November 27, 2011 4:29 pm

      Yeah, we stopped at halftime, unfortunately. That second half would’ve been fun to cover!

      I, too, have been real impressed with this team’s resolve. That’s the kind of thing that can turn a 6-10 team into a bubble team, and assuming Texas improves over the course of the year, this win will be a good one on our resume.

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